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Walk the line



Lauren Brincat


1980 –

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  • Details

    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    single channel digital video, colour, sound
    1 of 3 + 2 AP
    duration: 00:05:05 min
    Signature & date

    Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "L. Brincat.". Not dated.

    Viktoria Marinov Bequest Fund 2016
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Lauren Brincat
    Artist information
    Lauren Brincat

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'Walk the line' is a companion piece to 'Salt lines: play it as it sounds', also in the AGNSW collection. The work was filmed at Cape Leeuwin on the south-western tip of mainland Australia, considered locally to be the point where the Indian and Southern oceans meet. Brincat invokes this speculative and spectral contact zone as a metaphor for the arbitrary lines that overwrite the world ocean, from meridians and parallels to the International Date Line and, in particular, judicial and territorial boundaries.

    Brincat's performance - which culminates with her being subsumed into the ocean's depths - is conducted in solitude and hauntingly finite. Distilling the notions of departure and disappearance, it is understated but insistently political. Colloquially, to 'walk the line' means to abide by a moral code. At a time when the ocean has become a desperate means of passage to asylum and an ideological battleground, the work quietly foregrounds what is at stake in the permeability of abstract borders.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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